As you read this, I am in Italy. Sorry, try not to be jealous. (Actually, not sorry.)
When I'm lucky enough to travel abroad, I like to bring home a souvenir or two. But I have no interest in tchotchkes or snow globes: I want snacks.
I've bought mustard and sea salt in France, membrillo and canned peppers in Spain, tea in England, hob nob biscuits in Scotland, chocolates in Belgium, and my personal favorite, two beautiful wooden spoons that I purchased at Dehillerin in Paris. I'm hoping to come home from Italy with some pasta.
It's so fun to bring home a little taste of your vacation, and these sorts of souvenirs have the advanage of being much less prone to price-gouging than that mini Eiffel tower.